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Legal correspondence, 1958-1975

 File — Box: 19, Folder: 6-24
Identifier: Series 5

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series is closed to public access; it is open only to shareholders of and attorneys for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company. This is the largest series in the collection, in part because F. Ray DeGood was both the Farmers Irrigating Ditch and Reservoir Company's secretary/treasurer and its attorney for most of the 1960s through 1980s, and also because of the amount of litigation the company was involved in during later years. Little documentation from before the 1960s exists here. The majority of the files document the Lawn Lake flood litigation and federal reserved water rights litigation concerning the South Platte River Basin (the USA case). Other files contain legal correspondence pertaining to the general operation of the company or other lawsuits, filed either chronologically or by subject. Included in the subject files are three boxes of planning and zoning blueprints showing proposed construction that would effect the ditch, largely in the vicinity of the McWhinney developments at Interstate 25 and U.S. Route 34 and nearby subdivisions.

The correspondence files contain mostly letters, with some documents mixed in, such as easement agreements, board minutes, and annual reports. Once the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company was formed in 1983, correspondence files for the two companies remained mixed, until 2000 when they become predominantly related to RFD. Much of what is in this series falls under attorney/client privilege. Materials are arranged with chronological correspondence files first, subject files arranged alphabetically by folder title, followed by a set of files each for the Lawn Lake flood and the USA case ( United States v. Colorado, general adjudication case number W-8439-76). The latter two sets contain letters, court orders, briefs, depositions, pleadings, and related documents.


  • Creation: 1958-1975


Restrictions on Access

Series 1, 2, 4, and 5 and materials from 1982-1987 in Series 3 are open only to shareholders of and attorneys for the Reorganized Farmers Ditch Company. The rest of series 3, along with series 6 and 7, are fully accessible to anyone. Restrictions will be lifted December 30, 2033, on all but Series 3 materials. The company has requested notification from the archives about requests to review, copy or photograph materials not already online.

The collection is stored off-site, so advance notice is required.


From the Collection: 29.25 linear feet (56 document boxes, 2 flat boxes)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Description


Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA